The Barangay Ginebra Kings are probably glad that Jay-jay Helterbrand put his retirement plans on hold. Otherwise, the storied franchise would have been denied of another one of its trademark down-to-the-wire victories.
The Kings point guard, who used the recent Philippine Cup as a gauge to see if he could still hack it in the pro league, decided to return for the Commissioner's Cup and showed he made the right decision by burying a tough jumper at the buzzer to lift the crowd favorite Kings to a pulsating 84-82 win over the Petron Blaze Boosters.
Petron import Nick Fazekas had earlier tied the game with a booming triple with 3.9 seconds left in a wild sequence that saw Petron come up with two broken plays before Chris Lutz drove to the basket and kicked it out to Fazekas.
"The play was really for Jay-jay, but coaches don't make the plays. It's up to the players," Ginebra coach Siot Tanquincen said. "I'm thankful that Jay-jay and Mark (Caguioa) are big-time players.
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